Location Sound Recording for Film and Television



This 15-month Postgraduate Diploma - the only one of its kind in the UK - has been developed in response to industry demands for suitably trained production sound professionals.

Taught exclusively by practising professionals, the course aims to give students high quality training in the theory and practice of recording sound for picture both on location and in our state-of-the-art 4K multi-camera television studio, as well as Fisher Boom training and experience of in-studio music recording and post-production techniques. Students will collaborate with those in other specialisms to make several films – with all production costs met by the School.

Graduates have been employed on recent television productions including Midsomer Murders and Holby City, and films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Mark Ulano (The Hateful Eight).

The NFTS wants to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there, whatever your background. That’s why we have made scholarship funding available for this course – find out more here.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Recent credits and successes

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Graduate Stuart Wilson was Oscar-nominated for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Hosea Ntaborwa with Tom Cruise

“NFTS turned my dream into reality!” Hosea Ntaborwa graduated from the NFTS Location Sound for Film and Television Diploma in 2016 and has since worked on a whole host of blockbusters from Mission Impossible 6 to Spider-Man ‘Far From Home’. Full story here.

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Graduate Joanna Andrews' credits include Murder on the Orient Express, Quacks and Ashes to Ashes

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“Studying at the NFTS has opened the doors to the industry for me.” Victoria Lockwood graduated from the NFTS Location Sound for Film and Television Diploma in 2015 and has since worked on a wide range of film and TV projects from Goodbye Christopher Robin to King Lear! Full story here.

What you will study

The course offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn the practical skills required for a career in this field, and covers:

  • location sound recording techniques for drama and documentary
  • sound production for multi-camera television
  • equipment maintenance and problem solving

The course starts in September with a term of intensive workshops and exercises that prepare students to record sound on shoots with MA students in the following Spring and Summer terms. Alongside location and studio shoots for documentary, fiction films and television productions, the programme of workshops and tuition continues throughout the course. Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget.

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Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Home/EU/EEA £8,750

These are the fees for September 2022 intake.

The NFTS does not charge you extra for the cost of productions or materials.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment. The School also covers the costs of all off-site visits required as part of the curriculum, but students are expected to cover travel costs for non-compulsory off-site visits. Students are expected to provide their own laptops.

At the NFTS you will get far more time learning directly from tutors, in real production facilities and on real projects, than in the vast majority of film schools or universities. The specialist nature of our courses mean that our students gain the relevant skills and experience they need to go straight into the industry.

Applications are now open to apply for the NFTS and ScreenSkills new scholarship that will provide funding to women looking to train as Sound Recordists to encourage diversity and gender equality within this vital role in the screen industry. The cost of this course will be entirely funded by ScreenSkills and £3,500 will be provided in addition as a contribution to the students living expenses.

ScreenSkills will select the applicant who will be a woman from a lower socio-economic background and based outside of London and the South East. If you meet this criteria, don’t hesitate to apply for the course! If your application is successful you will then be invited to apply for the scholarship.


Every year, our students work on a large range of short films.

Entry requirements

A proven interest in sound - particularly recorded sound - a lively interest in film, television and music and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course. Interpersonal skills are as important as practical ones, because sound recordists need to be able to work effectively as part of a team. You’ll also need to be fit and have plenty of energy, as sound recording can be physically demanding.

While we don’t select applicants on the basis of their ability to drive, we strongly recommend that you learn to drive, as a clean, current, driving license will be essential in your future career. 

While many applicants will have a degree from a British or overseas university, we will always consider applicants who do not have a degree if they have an impressive portfolio, a creative track record or an alternative qualification.

If you are an EEA or International citizen, you must already be in possession of UK settled/pre-settled status or another visa which allows you to study for the duration of the course. If you do not already hold a UK status, unfortunately we cannot accept your application as we are currently unable to support a visa on our Diploma courses.

If you have any questions, please email info@nfts.co.uk.

How to apply

Application deadline: Last Few Places Available

Applicants must supply the following:

  • Please tell us of an event or production that you have recorded or one that you have experienced and would like to have recorded. Include information on what preparation you did and what you would have done differently. What inspired you about the event? No more than one page (A4 paper)
  • If you have any work that you would like to share with us please send us the links. However, this is not essential since you may not have had the opportunity to create something yet.

Last Few Places: You can apply online by clicking on BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION below.

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